BOOKS: New from the Merrion Press

Due to increasing demand, we’re very pleased to announce that the following hugely popular Merrion Press and Irish Academic Press titles are out now in new editions, with other favourites back in stock. Available to order today!


Psychiatrist in the Chair
The Official Biography of Anthony Clare
Brendan Kelly & Muiris Houston

The first biography of the much-loved Irish psychiatrist, writer and broadcaster Anthony Clare (1942-2007). Featuring exclusive interviews with Clare’s friends, family and celebrity interviewees, and previously unpublished images from Clare’s personal papers.

‘The remarkable story of a remarkable man. Anthony Clare was a very special human being … A fascinating book.’ – Gyles Brandreth

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PB | 9781785373329 | 328pp | 215 x 135mm |  €16.95 / £14.99


Thatcher’s Spy

My Life as an MI5 Agent Inside Sinn Féin
Willie Carlin

In Thatcher’s Spy, the Cold War meets Northern Ireland’s Dirty War in the sensational memoir of a deep undercover British intelligence agent, a man now doomed forever to look over his shoulder. . .

‘Carlin’s story is straight out of a John Le Carré novel.’ – Aaron Edwards, Dublin Review of Books

PB | 9781785374173 | 240pp | 215 x 135mm | €12.95 / £9.99

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Kathleen Lynn: Irishwoman, Patriot, Doctor


Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh

An intelligent, insightful and illuminating biography of Kathleen Lynn, a prominent female doctor who mirrored many of the changes in Irish life between 1874 and 1955.

The life of this prominent female doctor mirrored many of the changes in Irish life between 1874 and 1955. She was Chief Medical Officer of the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Easter Rising and vice president of Sinn Féin as well as a TD between 1923 and 1927. She established St Ultan’s Hospital for Infants in 1919 and her work in the hospital provides a way of analysing medical politics during a public health revolution in mid twentieth-century Ireland. Kathleen Lynn is remembered as a doctor who did her utmost for the poor of Dublin. Her biography deals with a wide range of issues including: suffragism, education, sectarian politics, maternal feminism, ecclesiastical subterfuge, public health, spirituality, ecumenism, the medical profession and social housing.

Table of Contents

  1. The Making of a Female Doctor, 1874-1911
  2. Rebellious Womanhood, 1912-30
  3. ‘A University of Mothers’, 1919-30
  4. The Politics of Children’s Health, 1928-39
  5. A Servant of the Nation, 1940-55
  6. Radical Witness

About the Author

Dr Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh worked at All Hallows College, a college of DCU and was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Boston. She is the author of Edward Hay: Historian of 1798, Catholic Politics in an era of Wolfe Tone and Daniel O’Connell (2010) and Quiet Revolutionaries: Irish Women in Education, Medicine and Sport, 1861-1964 (2011).

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